Sanne Derks

Manifiesto del Agua
Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Biography: Sanne Derks is a documentary photojournalist and anthropologist from Arnhem, the Netherlands. During her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (2009) on how Bolivian women deal with gender, ethnic and class inequality within Marian devotion, she became... read on
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Manifiesto del Agua
Copyright sanne derks 2021
Date of Work 12/01/18 - Ongoing
Updated 10/31/20

MANIFESTO DEL AGUA (work in progress)

Cuba: a tropical island, a communist state. Water is officially stated to be a human right in the in 2019 newly inaugurated Constitution. One of communist promises is to provide clean drinking water to all of the population, an ideal that is hindered by a multiplicity of challenges, such as climate change, an outdated water system and the USA-embargo. Nonetheless, in a non-digitalized society an army of workers is sent to the streets to guarantee fresh water, such as water truck drivers, doctors, fumigators and inspectors of water tanks. This project highlights both the informality of the bureaucratic system and the inventiveness of the Cuban population to deal with their daily water challenges. The theme of water gives a profound insight in contemporary communist Cuba. 

The project is funded by the Dutch Fund for Special Journalist Projects and Anna Cornelis Fonds for documentary photographers. It won third prize Documentary International at the Zilveren Camera 2019 and was exhibited at Visa Pour l'Image in 2020. 


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